Standardized tests have been around for years in the United States. What's different now is that schools and teachers are being held accountable for the results of these tests. Add to that new federal legislation, and the stakes are raised even higher, with threats of federal funding being cut off to underachieving school districts. Then there is the question of how and what the children are being tested on. Producer Katie Gott follows the paths of two failing schools, one in Maryland and the other in Virginia, to understand how each state applies its testing policy, and how testing impacts schools, teachers, parents and children. What happens if these schools don't make the grade after the scores are in? This program is part of our ongoing series on education and technology and is funded in part by the United States Department of Education.
|The High Stakes of Today's Testing|
The High Stakes of Today's Testing was produced by Katie Gott. This show is part the series on education and technology and is funded in part by the United States Department of Education.
The National Center for Fair & Open Testing is an advocacy organization working to end the abuses, misuses and flaws of standardized testing.
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Virginia Department of Education's School Report Card
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Maryland State Department of Education
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